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Bellot Strait, Nunavut

Bellot Strait is a passage of water in Nunavut separating Somerset Island from Murchison Promontory on the Boothia Peninsula, the northernmost part of mainland North America. The 2 km (1.2 mi) strait connects the Gulf of Boothia and Prince Regent Inlet with Peel Sound and Franklin Strait in northern Canada's Arctic.

The north side of the strait rises steeply to approximately 450 m (1,480 ft), and the south shore to approximately 750 m (2,460 ft). The current in the strait can run at up to 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) and often changes its direction. It is also often filled with small icebergs which pose a danger to ships in the strait. The Fort Ross trading post, on the northern shore, was established in 1937.

Things to See & Do

* Visit Prince of Wales and Baffin Islands
* Whale watching

General Information

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Canadian dollar ($) (CAD)
Language – Inuit Language (Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun), English, French
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – +709

Travel Links – Baffin Island can be accessed via Montreal, Quebec city or Edmonton. All commercial flights will fly into Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavat.

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